Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 30th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Friday 30th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, fog
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
SW 2m/s - S 7m/s (Hirafu)
Poor higher up especially
This report
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am
3cm
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am 10cm
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am 0cm
Monday 26th January 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Sunday 25th January 2015, 8:40am 5cm
Saturday 24th January 2015, 8:20am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 94cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 257cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 806cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Friday 30th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a cloudy morning here in Niseko, as the forecast told us to expect really. A small amount of snow during the day yesterday and there's a chance of light snow during the day today but it won't be anything major at all.

Limited visibility up on the mountain is preventing top lifts from opening first thing this morning, hopefully that situation might change during the morning with gates looking like they are expected to be open today.

That snowfall that we have all been eyeing up the last few days is still due to be with us from tomorrow. I so much want to get back to writing reports of large volumes of fresh snow. (Though I could do without strong winds!) Whatever, such conditions do seem likely over the weekend so be ready.

That's about it for today I think. Until tomorrow, have a good day wherever you may be.

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Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to poor visibility.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold due to poor weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to poor visibility.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm new crystal snow in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7C, wind SW 5m/s, trace of new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -7C, wind SW8m/s, trace of new snow, poor visibility at times. Hirafu Peak Ridge light winds, -10C, trace of new snow, minor snowdrift development. Cape Benkei: SW5m/s, Cape Kamui: S6m/s, wave 0..8m, pressure 1020hPa.

The pressure gradient is low and the mountain conditions are calm. From observation 10cm of new light crystal snow above 600m, snow pack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Yesterdays tracks still remain but the snow is good. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please respect the patrols advice when using the gates. Always be aware and take care on open steep slopes and cornice slopes around 1000m. When you cause an avalanche people below will be in danger. There has been increase in lost people out of bounds. The gates are there for everyone to use, but if you blindly follow someone else's tracks you may not come back.

Niseko respects peoples right to ride out of bounds and also tries to maintain a certain level of safety, however the mountain has many dangers still. Take care , have a safe day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Friday 30th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts are all open - though early on today poor visibility affecting some top lifts

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 30th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 30th January 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 30th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
30th January 3cm 10cm 10cm
29th January 10cm 20cm 0cm
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 15cm 45cm
26th January 0cm 2cm 5cm
25th January 5cm 0cm 10cm
24th January 10cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 69cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 94cm 124cm 173cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 806cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 30th January 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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